THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Leeks And Celery

Well, I've started! Today I planted leeks and celery. It feels good to be planting again.

I'm doing a leek trial this year....8 different types of leeks! I always plan to simplify things and pick 1 winner. That way I could save money on my seed order. Also, using up one packet guarantees that I will always have fresh seeds each year.....having 8 varieties guarantees that I will have lots of unused seeds next year when planting time comes around.  But then....I just can't help myself! Each variety sounds so GREAT in the catalog, and I get lured into trying them all. I just have to find out for myself which one is the best!

It's a small start, but in no time at all these shelves will be full!


  1. what is the mix/mulch looking stuff on the top of your trays? Is it for moisture control or for plant nutrition?

  2. It is fine sphagnum moss. I read it helps minimize diseases from the soil surface....I don't know if it's true, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to try. I couldn't find it ground fine so I just bought a bag of the moss and rubbed it between my gloved hands above a sifter. Here is a quote..

    Disease Suppression
    Young starts and seedlings require warmth and moisture. Too much nurturing moisture can promote root rot and disease. Sphagnum moss is highly absorbent. Moss takes up excess water and prevents the phenomenon known as damping off from killing seedlings.

    Read more: Nursery Uses of Sphagnum Moss |